As a reporter, you learn to dread the events other people can’t wait for.
If I’d had to cover one more Christmas parade for a small-town paper, I probably would have started throwing candy back at the floats. Big-name speakers who come to the community, local film festivals, grand openings—all of those types of events just aren’t that fun when you have to be there.
So attending an event on my own just for fun? Forget about it. That’s why, for a minute on Saturday, I thought “Maybe I’ll skip the Queen of Hearts concert.” But then I realized I really did want to go. Not because I had to—I didn’t—but because I knew once I actually got there, it would probably be fun.
I’m telling you, if you ever have a chance to go to a Queen of Hearts concert, take it. I’m very picky about concerts, but I’d see them again in a heartbeat.
This week, I have “The Tempest” on my to-do-outside-of-work list.
It’s going to be epic. Or, as New York-based Director Terry Berliner said “It’s going to take your breath away.”
To be completely honest, I’ve never really been into Shakespeare. Yeah, I said it. Even as an English major, I struggled with figuring out what was going on. And the movie versions that try to help? Well, they don’t.
But Berliner is so incredibly creative (check out the Tribune’s story of her visit to Hickman). The stage, the lighting effects, the costumes—they’re going to be incredible.
I mean, her inspiration for the setting was an aquatic trash dump such as this one:
How awesome is that?
Peggy Friesen ’68, a professional actress in Kansas City, will be taking on the role of Prospero. Friesen has been hailed as one of the best actresses in the KC area, so that’s just one more reason to get excited.
“The Tempest” starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, then again at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16.
I can’t wait.